A $10 Ticket Wins a Canadian Man a 1978 Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car


A $10 Ticket Wins a Canadian Man a 1978 Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car

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Talk about your great investment!

A Canadian man bought $10 worth of raffle tickets in May and wound up winning a like-new 1978 Corvette Indy Pace Car earlier this month.

Percy Roske of La Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada says he didn’t believe his good fortune at first when he got a phone call from Access Communications telling him he had won the company’s 40th Anniversary Car Raffle.

“It was just unreal,” he said. “I was just ecstatic. It wasn’t until the next day it set in that I won.”

One of 6,502 Pace Cars produced in the Corvette’s 25th anniversary year, this one has just 1,902 miles. Access bought it in Ontario and had it shipped to Regina by rail for the raffle.

Unfortunately, Roske says he doesn’t plan to keep the Corvette, which features the unique silver over black paint job with silver leather interior.

“I’m going to keep it for a while,” he says, “but it’s not the car for me at this time in my life. Retirement is coming around the corner, and I think I’m just going to sell it.”

He did take the Corvette for a spin around town for the first time Monday. While it did have the usual squeaks and rattles common in a C3, Roske still described it as a “very nice ride.”

Especially for a $10 investment!


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